Tag Archives: Nazis
United States. People’s resistance defends the rights of all and opposes politics of division and arbitrary police powers
Oppose Canada’s promotion of darkest reaction in the name of freedom and democracy
By DOUGAL MACDONALD
(Nov. 24) – On November 21, the Harper dictatorship joined the United States and Ukraine as the only three countries voting against the annual United Nations anti-Nazi resolution, initiated in 2005. Proposed by Russia, the resolution condemns attempts to glorify Nazi ideology and to deny German Nazi war crimes, including the Holocaust. The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which tackles human rights issues, passed the resolution by a vote of 115-3, with 55 nations countries abstaining. The European Union countries were among those that abstained. Countries supporting the resolution included Iran, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba. Continue reading
Today is the dark anniversary of the first of two dates in 1941 (the other is December 8) in which 25,000 Jews were marched to their death by Nazis in the Rumbula Forest near the capital of Latvia, Riga.
The Rumbula massacre was carried out by the Nazi Einsatzgruppe A with the help of local Latvian collaborators of the Arajs Kommando, with support from other such Latvian auxiliaries. The Arajs Kommando, led by SS-Sturmbannführer Viktors Arājs, was a unit of Latvian Auxiliary Police subordinated to the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst. It was one of the more well-known and notorious killing units during the Holocaust.
At Rumbula on 30 November and 8 December 1941, 12 German machine gunners shot about 25,000 Jews, who were marched to their death from the Riga ghetto by Latvian police. The Jews of Latvia, once numbering 86,000, were virtually wiped out. Continue reading
On Important Questions of War and Peace
By DOUGAL MacDONALD
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – At 4:15 am on September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland in a massive assault. Hitler’s Wehrmacht of 1,850,000 troops, 3,200 tanks, 2,000 combat aircraft and 11 warships – over two-thirds of Germany’s entire combat force – destroyed the Polish state and massacred the Polish people. Continue reading
Fighting on the side of pro-government forces, the American had sprung to prominence because of his Twitter feed (@BruceSpringnote), often sharply critical of Ukrainian politicians, and a fawning video interview with Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky* shortly before his death.
Charles Windsor, the heir to the British throne, told an individual at the Canadian Immigration Museum in Halifax on Monday May 19th that, “Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler,” ostensibly relating to the accession of Crimea to Russia in March. The venue was a meeting with World War II veterans organized by the Harper government. His press entourage was quick to sensationalize the seeming “private” comment.
The 1930s was marked by a devastating crisis of the world capitalist system and the rise of the movement of the working class and oppressed nations and the establishment of socialism in one sixth of the globe in the former Soviet Union. Big or finance capital turned to fascism to strengthen the “democratic” state, suppress resistance and enrich themselves. The Hitlerite Nazis and their allies, the Italian fascists and Japanese militarists, the reactionary tool of the ruling circles, were successful. The Western powers initially collaborated and colluded with Nazi Germany with the hopes that it would wipe out the Soviet Union, while they also wanted to crush Germany, because it threatened their economic and political interests. The German Nazis wanted to crush everyone, especially the Soviet Union and, even as World War II progressed, they hoped for Western assistance to do so. After WWII, the U.S. imperialists took up the mantle of the Nazis, including the Nazi plan to rule the world, by implementing their own holocausts in Greece, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Argentina, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya and so many other countries. Aggression in the field of culture, propaganda and ideology has been and is today an integral instrument of these broad plans.
In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book published in the Hollywood Reporter reveals the nefarious actions of the U.S. ruling circles during the 1930s in the sphere of culture and propaganda – how the big American Hollywood studios, desperate to protect German business and U.S. interests, let Nazis covertly censor film scripts, promote fascist Aryan themes, remove credits from Jews, suppress anti-fascist scripts, and get movies stopped. The excerpt is reproduced below.
Cultural aggression did not end with the defeat of the Nazis. After WWII, the U.S. state centralized this ideological and cultural offensive under the control of its intelligence services to which it devoted unlimited financial resources. This was thoroughly documented by Frances Stonor Saunders in her book, Who Paid the Piper: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (Granta, 1999), exposing the creation of a massive apparatus of cultural propaganda (e.g., Congress of Cultural Freedom, Ford Foundation, institutes, magazines, perpetrated by seemingly disparate “dissidents” and “socialists” composing a “democratic left” or a “non Communist left,” etc.), one of whose main purposes “was to advance the claim that it did not exist.” The issue is especially relevant for all Canadians, for our country has always had a “privileged” position when it comes to these matters. Cultural aggression did not cease with the end of the Cold War. Not only does it still exist, but it has steadily increased. Not only has it steadily increased, it is no longer exclusively clandestine and covert but open and shamelessly public. The infamous memorialization by the Harper government of the defeated Nazis and fascist collaborators in the Baltics and the Ukraine and its brazen villification of the anti-fascist communists evidences this reaction. – Tony Seed (Published August 6, slightly revised August 8)
Hollywood Reporter – THE 1930s are celebrated as one of Hollywood’s golden ages, but in an exclusive excerpt from his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale September 9), Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand uncovers a darker side to Hollywood’s past. Continue reading
Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’ and ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ – Hollywood churns out more imperialist propaganda
Two movies with a political aim
By DOUGAL MACDONALD*
HOLLYWOOD’s movie-making industry often jumps to the defence of the U.S. imperialists’ criminal activities at home and all over the world. Many examples can be given of such imperialist propaganda churned out over the years: The Red Menace (1949), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), the Rambo series (1982-), Black Hawk Down (2001) and so on. Two recent examples from 2011 are Stephen Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, and Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey. Continue reading